Become a Substitute Teacher in Michigan

Permit Type: Substitute

Authorization: Individual who does not hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate as a substitute teacher on a day-to-day basis. Not valid for extended teaching assignments (more than 90 days)

Requirements: Complete at least 90 hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA through a four-year state-approved institution

Permit Type: Full-Year

Authorization: Individual who does not hold a valid Michigan teaching certification. Valid for regular and/or extended teaching assignments (more than 90 days)

Requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an approved teacher preparation program
  • Have an academic major, or pass MTTC content test in proposed teaching area
  • Complete an approved elementary education program, or pass MTTC elementary content test (for Special Education placement)

Permit Type: Emergency

Authorization:

  • Issued in circumstances qualified as an “emergency” because lack of a teacher “will deprive children of an education” (MDE)
  • An individual who does not hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate, or does not meet requirements for full-year permit
  • Not approved for core academic subject areas, as per NCLB

Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in the content area being taught from an accredited institution, or currently enrolled in approved teacher preparation program with at lest 90 hours of credit towards certification

Learn more about earning your teacher certification in Michigan.